Case study

Placemakers: Cyan Forensics, Edinburgh Napier University

27 May 2022

Cyan Forensics is based on research by an Edinburgh Napier University team overseen by Professor Bill Buchanan, the third cyber security-related spinout from this award-winning research team.

Cyan Forensic’s technology finds time-critical digital evidence in minutes instead of days, helping police in highly sensitive investigations such as child sexual exploitation and counterterrorism. The company had secured £8m in investment and was selected to participate in the prestigious Tech Nation’s upscale programme. It is one of only two firms from Scotland to be chosen and is recognised as one of the UK’s most promising tech ventures.

Kerry Sharp, Head of the Scottish Investment Bank, which was among Cyan’s initial group of investors, said: “Cyan is a great example of a company that has identified a natural niche, in a growing market, and designed a targeted product that has the potential to make a real impact.” With their groundbreaking technology already making a significant impact on counter terror and child sexual abuse investigations in the UK, the company are keen to build on this momentum in mainland Europe and the US, placing Cyan very much at the heart of global online safety.